New Books Network

Matthew A. Sutton, “Double Crossed: The Missionaries Who Spied for the United States During the Second World War” (Basic Books, 2019)
What makes a good missionary makes a good spy. Or so thought “Wild” Bill Donovan when he secretly recruited a team of religious activists for the Office of Strategic Services. They entered into a world of lies, deception, and murder, confident that their nefarious deeds would eventually help them expand... Read More
Joshua Tallis, “The War for Muddy Waters: Pirates, Terrorists, Traffickers, and Maritime Security” (Naval Institute Press, 2019)
In his new book The War for Muddy Waters: Pirates, Terrorists, Traffickers, and Maritime Security (Naval Institute Press, 2019), Joshua Tallis uses the “broken windows” theory of policing to reexamine the littorals, developing a multidimensional view of the maritime threat environment. With a foundational case study of the Caribbean, Tallis explores... Read More
Is Military History Worth Studying?
Military history is thought by some to be a valuable field of study to both professional soldiers and civilians. It is indeed one of the most popular fields in the genre of history. And yet many academics tend to look down upon the field as fundamentally unserious and not therefore... Read More
Gregory P. Downs, “After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War” (Harvard UP, 2015)
On April 8, 1865, after four years of civil war, General Robert E. Lee wrote to General Ulysses S. Grant asking for peace. Peace was beyond his authority to negotiate, Grant replied, but surrender terms he would discuss. As Gregory P. Downs, Professor of History at the University of California,... Read More
Christopher E. Mauriello, “Forced Confrontation: The Politics of Dead Bodies in Germany at the End of World War II” (Lexington Books, 2017)
Christopher Mauriello’s groundbreaking book Forced Confrontation: The Politics of Dead Bodies in Germany at the End of World War II (Lexington Books, 2017) focuses on American soldiers’ reactions to the victims of the Holocaust.  Using photographs, memoirs, and letters from US soldiers, Mauriello attempts to recreate the emotional and traumatic... Read More
Matthew Hughes, “Britain’s Pacification of Palestine” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In his splendid military history of Britain’s pacification of the Arab revolt in Palestine, Britain’s Pacification of Palestine: The British Army, the Colonial State, and the Arab Revolt, 1936-1939 (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Professor Matthew Hughes of Brunel University shows how the British Army was so devastatingly effective against colonial... Read More
Jasper Heinzen, “Making Prussians, Raising Germans: A Cultural History of Prussian State-Building after Civil War, 1866-1935” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
How does civil war shape state building and national identity over the long term? What do the underlying conflicts between Hanoverians and the Prussian state reveal about the course of German history from 1866 up to the rise of Hitler? In his new book Making Prussians, Raising Germans: A Cultural History... Read More